After having suffered badly from an extremely high number of performance-cancellations due to the covid-situation, a wonderful season – possibly his most beautiful so far – is starting for Reinoud Van Mechelen. Beforehand: Alpha Classics just released the second part of his trilogy dedicated to the legendary French hautes-contres (high tenors) of the 18th century with the title Jéliote, haute-contre de Rameau. Reinoud returns to the Berlin State-Opera for another series of Hippolyte et Aricie (Hippolyte) right before making his role-debut as Ferrando (Così fan tutte) at De Vlaamse Opera. He appears as „artist in residence“ with the Klara Festival in Brussels, takes the part of the evangelist in Saint Matthew’s Passion with the Collegium Vocale and Philippe Herreweghe on tour throughout Europe before making his debut with the Paris Opera (Mercure in Platée). The end of the season sees him within a staged production of Mondonville’s Titon et l’Aurore at the Opéra Royal de Versailles.